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Student deportation halted hours before plane departure

A university student who faced being deported to Sri Lanka has had the order halted hours before she was due to board a plane.

The Home Office rescinded Shiromini's deportation order on Monday.

Shiromini Satkunarajah, who is studying electrical engineering at Bangor University, faced being sent to her country of birth with her mother Roshina on Tuesday morning.

The Home Office rescinded her deportation order on Monday, shortly after her local MP Hywel Williams raised a point of order in the House of Commons.

Miss Satkunarajah and her mother were due to be released from Yarl's Wood Detention Centre on Monday evening.

Shiromini Satkunarajah is studying electrical engineering at Bangor University. Credit: Dave Thompson PA Archive/PA Images

Hywel Williams MP said it was "the news we've all been hoping for".

I'm so very glad that Shiromini and her mum have had this deportation order rescinded and released from the detention centre.

I'd like to thank everyone who backed the campaign to have the deportation order lifted. So much has been achieved in so little time.

The outpouring of support from across the country has been staggering, particularly from North Wales where Shiromini is highly regarded within the Bangor community.

Since the campaign was launched on Friday I've received messages of support for Shiromini from across the country and I'm glad that Bangor University will now be able to welcome one of their best students back.

Of course the campaign to right this unjust situation is not over. There is clearly something seriously wrong with the current system and it is an issue I intend to pursue.

– Hywel Williams MP, Plaid Cymru, Arfon